Self-guided tour of shikoku

Self-Guided Tour

Rent a car and explore Shikoku at your own pace. We can sort out the car rental and provide everything you need for a truly unique adventure.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Shikoku is outrageously beautiful – tall mountains, deep valleys, wild gorges, sun-drenched beaches. We have it all and our mission is to help you see it, to make off-the-beaten-track accessible. This package gets you out there exploring this incredible island. We provide you with maps and guidebooks full of our local knowledge. You get an insider’s perspective to help you experience the best Shikoku has to offer.

We know that renting a car, driving in Japan, and making reservations is far from easy. Many rental firms do not accept international driver’s licenses, forms tend to all be written in Japanese, the rules of the road might be hard to navigate, and many remote hotels, campsites, and activity centres don’t have English websites (if they have websites at all!).

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Matsuyama

  • Duration: You decide
  • Difficulty: We’ll also leave that to you. You could camp or stay in luxury hot springs, lie on a beach or climb mountains, swim in rivers, snorkel, and scuba dive. Choose an itinerary that suits your needs.
  • Price: Starting from 30,000 JPY (click here to see how much this is in other currencies)
  • Covid safe: You won’t need public transport, many of our guests choose to sleep under canvas, and we recommend lots of outdoor activities.
  • Support with your car rental.
  • Access to our Hidden Japan Travel Google Map with over 200 of our favourite campsites, hotels, experiences, places to see, and places to eat.
  • A physical copy of the Hidden Japan Travel Guide to Shikoku, developed from our extensive experience living and exploring the island.
  • Help with all reservations and activity confirmations. We’ll communicate on your behalf.
  • Discounted camping gear rental when renting a car from Matsuyama.
  • Peace of mind – we’re available to make sure you have a  memorable trip.

Included

  • Support when renting a car.

We recommend a reasonable rental company.

We can make reservations for you.

If renting in Matsuyama, we can assist you at the rental shop.

  • Information

Access to our Hidden Japan Travel Google Map with over 200 of our favourite campsites, hotels, experiences, places to see, and places to eat.

A physical copy of the Hidden Japan Travel Guide to Shikoku, developed from our extensive experience living and exploring the island.

  • Support

Help with all reservations and activity confirmations. We’ll communicate on your behalf.

Advice about driving in Japan, including a test drive to help you get used to the traffic rules.

Discounted camping gear rental when renting a car from Matsuyama.

Options

  • A phone with a Japanese SIM.
  • Dinner with a Japanese family or a fire on the beach when you come through Matsuyama (note. we ask you to contribute to the cost of the ingredients).
  • We can arrange for you to off-hire your car at the end of your trip, so you don’t have to return to the starting point (note. If renting camping gear we ask for you to return it to Matsuyama or post it from a convenience store, for which we can prepare an addressed box).
  • We can organise camper van rental.

Not included

  • Car rental fee.
  • Fees incurred during your trip (e.g. camping fees).

1-6 days – 30,000

6-10 days – 35,000

10-14 days – 40,000

Discounted camping gear @ 5,000 yen per day

  1. After reading the Terms & Conditions, click the Enquire about this Tour button and submit the form.
  2. We will get back to you to confirm your reservation and send you a registration form.
  3. Once you’ve sent this back to us, we’ll arrange for payment of your deposit, which is 10% of the trip price. We accept credit cards and wire transfer.
  4. Full payment is due 21 days prior to the first day of the trip.

Please click here for our terms and conditions.

ITINERARY

At the start of your trip

If you start in Matsuyama, we can support you at the rental shop and give you a few pointers on driving in Japan. We can even go with you on a test drive to help you get comfortable driving in Japan. After that, we’ll pass on the camping gear if you’ve requested that, give you a printed copy of the guidebook (you’ll have received an electronic copy beforehand as well as access to our Google Map), and wave goodbye. You head out  for an adventure!

While you're exploring Shikoku

We provide you with information about our favourite spots on the island and sample routes, but you are in charge of your own route. We can give you support when you are planning your journey and feedback based on our years of living here. We can also help you reserve campsites and activities. This means that we work with you to make your time on Shikoku truly memorable.

At the end of your trip

If you’ve chosen to return your rental car to Matsuyama, we can meet you to hear all about your adventure. We can also help you offhire your rental car and get any camping gear from you.

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